Wednesday, May 7, 2008

US Regular Cavalry monument

Unfortunately for the cavalry aficionados out there the cavalry (Regulars or state service) did not do much at Shiloh. The woods were too think to permit much. These two companies lost 6 men, which testifies to how little combat they saw.

On front of monument:
2nd U. S. Cavalry Company "C."
4th U. S. Cavalry Company "I."
Lieut. James Powell, Commanding.
2nd Division (W. H. L. Wallace).
Army of the Tennessee.

On back of monument:
These companies were engaged all day April 6, 1862, in front of their camp, as skirmishers on the right of the Union army. Casualties: 1 killed, 5 wounded, total 6.

1 comment:

Don said...


Thanks a lot for posting this. I had the honor of commanding Company C a few years ago, and while we were very aware the company was at Shiloh (they didn't rejoin the rest of the regiment from the beginning of the war until just before Gettysburg), we had no idea there was a monument.

Interestingly enough, Powell didn't belong to either the 2nd or the 4th US Cavalry. He was actually an infantry officer.

I'm forwarding the link to the company, currently near Baghdad during their second Iraq tour.

Thanks again.